The ANU Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) is ideal for those who have completed a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and are seeking to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia and some other jurisdictions.
Your ANU GDLP is delivered online, and can be completed from anywhere in the world – with the exception of the 4 day Face-to-Face ‘Becoming a Practitioner’ (BAP) course. The BAP course is offered at various locations across Australia throughout year. You can apply at any location that suits you, and then complete the remainder of the ANU GDLP online.
Completing your ANU GDLP will give you a postgraduate qualification from Australia’s leading university provider of Practical Legal Training (PLT). Your ANU GDLP will build on the knowledge you have obtained in your undergraduate studies, providing you with the practical skills that you will need to take the next step in your career.
Entry requirements for the GDLP
An Australian Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor or international equivalent. The Diploma in Law, awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this programme.
International students who are based overseas while studying, or those who are based in Australia on another type of visa (not a student visa), are eligible to apply to the GDLP or MLP programme.
Students who are based overseas also need to be aware they must attend their first course (4 days) in person (face-to-face) at any of the locations offered throughout Australia.
Non-Australian legal qualifications
Overseas degrees or courses of study may be recognised by an Australian admitting authority. However, an applicant may be required to undertake further Australian study, in addition to their overseas qualifications, in order to be admitted to practice. If you have a non-Australian legal qualification you should contact the Legal Practitioners Admission Board in the state or territory in which you wish to practise to assess your legal qualifications. You can also contact the Law Society or Law Institute in your intended jurisdiction for further details.
More information relating to overseas qualifications for admission to practice in Australia can be found by referring to the Uniform Principles for Overseas Applicants on the Law Admissions Consultative Committee website.
The duration of the GDLP is as little as six months full time, and the programme is delivered almost entirely online. The first step on your pathway to practice is a four-day, face-to-face introductory course taught by practising lawyers and barristers in one of several locations around Australia. This course, Becoming a Practitioner (BAP), is an introduction to lawyers’ skills and is the preparation for the rest of the GDLP programme.